Voice imitation scams are here — but this is why you shouldn’t panic when talking to a computer

Voice imitation scams are here — but this is why you shouldn’t panic when talking to a computer

A couple of incidents arose last week that seemed to strike at the heart of nascent technologies using voice for securely identifying a person.

The first was Queensland Police warning that the “Can you hear me?” scam had arrived in Australia. Originating from the United States, the scheme involves a malicious caller pretending to be a staff member from a utilities provider and asking “can you hear me?” – in order to induce an answer of “yes”. If the victim complies, then the “yes” is recorded and used later to imitate the person on phone banking systems. Read more>